Hidden artist and writer
T. many of us the name of David Jones, C.B.E.. D.Litt. (see p, 10) may not be well-known. But if you pay a visit to the Tate, the Victoria and Albert. the National Museum of Wales and other galleries, you will find his paintings (he calls them drawings) among the the permanent exhibits. As a writer, his book, "In Parenthesis," was awarded the Hasvthornden Prize and "The Anathemata", the Russell Leines Memorial Award for Poetry. He is a really Welsh Jones and his Hon. D.Litt. is Welsh.
A 1921 convert, he owes much in his work to Eric Gill's friendship. It may well he that the excerpt from the much longer article he wrote for us will "live" longer than anything else we have published, except for an article or two by G. K.C. Unmarried, David Jones lives in a Harrow house surrounded by paintings, books, the simplest imaginable painting equipment, and a pot of tea which he shares with his visitors. In days when clever publicity is too often the making of a famous name. there is a thrill in meeting someone who has made the highest grade in simplicity, humility, and intense devotion to
the ideas and values which, with infinite patience and hard work, he has so evidently laboured over and chewed'over in solitude.
Who painted it?
VISITORS to Forte's roof flat and study, high above the traffic and neon lights of Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street, must be struck by the paintings with which the walls are covered. As
they say, he buys what he likes, not what he thinks will become valuable tomorrow. reproduce a photograph of one of his pictures because it attracted me arkd because its owner has no idea of its story, its history, or its painter. It struck me that someone might see the photograph and be able to tell us something about it. If so, it will be a small "thank you" for the charming way in which he received me and gave me so much of his only too valuable time.